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Nutrition and Versatility of Growing Sprouts

Most people have had a salad with bean shoots on it at some stage, or mung bean sprouts in a plate of Chinese Chow Mien. However, more and more individuals are becoming aware of the power of these ‘superfoods’ not just as an addition to something else, but as an amazing meal in and of themselves. Growing sprouts yourself elevates this to a whole other level, for the convenience (if you grow them the right way), low cost and availability of the freshest food grown right in your home.

Sprouts (seeds or grains that have started to grow through the process of germination) are known by many to be ‘superfoods’, containing high levels of digestive enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids not found in the unsprouted seed.. There is a long list of health benefits, but perhaps the most simple and important feature of these living superfoods is that the growing process itself gives you complete control over their cultivation. No added pesticides, chemical fertilizers or any other nasties but the water from your own sink. Usually we are never quite sure what has happened to our food before it reaches our table, so the significance of a method allowing you to be in full control cannot be overstated.

Additionally, growing sprouts at home can be done in many places where vegetables cannot be either grown or transported to, while in a fresh enough state to deliver health benefits. If the climate is too hot or cold or even if you lived on a boat, you can still have access to fresh, live, sprouted vegetables when you learn the basics of sprouting. And also, unlike most vegetables, even if you live in a place where they are accessible, sprouts are never out of season.

Sprouts offer health benefits that are too good to be dismissed. The human body thrives on living foods, particularly those that are rich in oxygen. As wonderful as these foods are, there are climates where it is unrealistic to expect people to be able to cultivate them. In extremely cold or hot climates, the only option to have fresh food that does not have to be transported hundreds (or thousands) of miles to its destination is to create an indoor greenhouse. Extremely cold environments would require an indoor heated greenhouse that is extremely expensive and complicated to build and maintain. On the other end of the spectrum, high desert environments are usually low on water, and to use hundreds of gallons of water over a growing season when most of it evaporates is not an option. Even in areas that are perfect for growing large amounts of fresh vegetables, growing a good variety of foods all year is not feasible.

The answer to all these questions is growing sprouts. You use a jar or similar sprouters to create a greenhouse (or several greenhouses) that sits on your kitchen counter, supplying you and your family with tantalizingly fresh, oxygen and enzyme rich foods, all year round.. There is also a basic yet revolutionary new method of growing sprouts known as the Marche Method. It offers an amazingly simple technique that eliminates the need for daily rinsing and spoiled sprouts. The bonus is that it is cheap, fast and reliable and you can grow as little or as much as you like. To find out more, click here.

The Ultimate Sprouter?

Ultimate Sprouter?

Are you searching for an easy way to attain access to superior nutrition vegetables at your own leisure, economically and without being subject to the seasons, growing times, accessibility and prices in stores? If this sounds good to you, then it is time to consider looking at a sprouter and growing your own sprouts!

Volume food production nowadays involves the use of chemical pesticides, fertilizers and depleted soil that returns food that is both light in nutrient and contains damaging toxins for the body. Organic foods rely on more natural processes like companion cropping, rotating crops, green manures and resting patches of soil to allow for favourable, sustainable soil conditions and foods higher in nutrients. The consequence of this though is smaller yield and elevated costs that are inevitably passed on to the consumer. Although one could reasonably argue that purer food is well worth the additional money, for many people the price of organic food places the possibility of consuming a more healthy diet further out of their reach.

This is where growing sprouts comes in. Sprouts offer the ultimate in freshness, accessible right in your kitchen at a cost less than most regular vegetables, making them a workable solution for any situation. Seed costs vary per pound, but generally you can grow a pound of fresh vegetables in a few days for anywhere from 15 cents to 1 dollar per pound. With some simple preparation and daily rinsing, you can have foods grown using only the water from your house and journeying from your kitchen to the table, instead of hundreds or even thousands of miles. Kids enjoy sprouting, and can learn how to do it very simply.

With a easy set up of a few jars with screen lids, you simply rinse the seeds 2 to 3 times a day, drain out the water, and place the jar on its side! For some people, their schedule does not allow time for daily rinsing and sprouts left too long can spoil. There are alternative sprouters that improve drainage and air flow over the standard glass jar method. Sprouting trays and some sprouter devices (even the expensive ones) are still prone to mold though and require extensive washing between batches of sprouts.

The Seeds of Sustainability team have taken the whole process a step further and created a revolutionary new method of growing sprouts that requires no daily rinsing at all! The Marche Sprouting Method was developed by Master Sprout Alchemist Robin Marche, through twenty years of research, experimentation and development of sustainable farming methods. The system uses a basic yet highly effective method of moisture regulation that eliminates the need for daily rinsing and the hazard of bacteria growing to spoil your sprouts and therefore renders an ideal sprouter alternative for a very low cost. Learn the simplistic method, set it up and 3 days later you have as little or as much fresh sprouts as you would like, for a little over the cost of the grain or seed.